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is still alive
Community spirit is still alive in
I was having my hair done at En-
ter Hair in Wonthaggi.
I live at Inverloch and at 4.45pm
it was becoming dark and on re-
turning to my car it was completely
The demisters were not working,
and I could not contact my husband
as the mobile service was out in our
I returned to the hairdresser very
stressed and explained my prob -
A chap called Brett was waiting
for his son having his hair cut and
came out to my car and sorted out
the problem. He saved my day.
Deborah Scott, Inverloch.
Best fest yet
A very big thankyou to the Fish
Creek Tea Cosy Festival Committee
for the best festival yet!
It was brilliant.
A group of us had the pleasure of
attending several events and every
one of them was so enjoyable.
We heard many very positive
comments from people who were
amazed at the variety of events and
the thoughtfulness that had gone
into each one.
Our group attended the Jane Aus-
ten afternoon on Monday, the inTEA-
national lunch on Wednesday which
was delightful, and the entertain-
ment in the park on Saturday which
was full of fun for all the family.
The tea cosies themselves were
amazing, the egg display and all of
the other arts and crafts around the
town shows what a very talented
community we have.
The music in the park was so en-
joyable and catered for all age groups
and music lovers. Once again to the
small committee who made this all
happen, thank you so much. You
have done Fish Creek proud.
Ian and Val Latham and friends.
Last week your front page re-
ported on the IBAC raid on South
Gippsland Shire councillor's home
for releasing a purportedly confi-
dential email. This could result in
good news for the community.
Rather than investigating several
questionable areas of the coun-
cil, the Independent Broad-based
Anti- corruption Commission has
brought down the sledgehammer
on how minor information, which
should be public, has become pub -
lic, upsetting some at our council.
Thank you to whoever released
the email and may IBAC's investi-
gation extend to other areas of the
council which need a shake -up.
Steve Finlay, Leongatha.
This girl most
You’d think as the VicHealth CEO
that I’d have no problem being phys-
ically active. But reality hit several
years ago when I was afraid to do
something that I’d always wanted to
do – windsurfing.
I’d had lessons, bought the gear
but when I got to the beach I couldn’t
get out of the car. I was worried
about what people would think and
I stayed in the car for such a long
time, trying to pluck up the courage
In the end, I took a deep breath,
got out of the car and I’m proud to
say that now I love getting out on the
water whenever I can.
According to VicHealth research,
I’m no different to over half of Victo -
rian women who worry about being
judged when exercising.
We worry more than men about
how we look, being unfit and we find
it hard to go back to exercise when
we haven’t done it for a while – par-
ticularly after having kids.
For more than 40 per cent of us,
these feelings are so strong it actual-
ly stops us from taking part in sport
That’s why our new This Girl Can
Victoria campaign is so important
and why it’s been resonating with so
many women across the state.
This Girl Can – Victoria is about
empowering women to feel comfort-
able in their bodies and public spac-
es. It aims to motivate women to get
active, no matter how they look, how
good they are or how sweaty they
Our campaign features Victori-
an women getting active their way
whether that’s rollerblading, walk-
ing, playing netball or hitting the
They’re not airbrushed Instagram
models - but everyday women over-
coming their fears and giving it a go,
curves, jiggles, wrinkles and all.
This Girl Can – Victoria is about
smashing those old-fashioned ste-
reotypes and the fear stopping wom-
en from getting out there and giving
It’s not about making women feel
bad about not doing enough ex-
ercise. It’s about celebrating what
they can do – even if it’s just a walk
around the block or a few laps of the
I hope that, like me, all Victorian
women can overcome what’s stop-
ping them from being physically ac-
tive and join the growing numbers of
women saying “This Girl Can!”
I hope local women get on board
the campaign if they haven’t already
Jerril Rechter, CEO, VicHealth,
It appears our local council rates
our Shearwaters to be more impor-
tant than our school children.
They spend tens of thousands of
dollars each year protecting them,
but cannot find a couple of thou-
sand to install a school crossing
for the children of Sunset Strip to
cross the Phillip Island main road
Each day of school I witness stu-
dents crossing the road between
gaps of less than 100 metres, with
cars traveling at 80km/h.
On a number of cases, cars have
had to brake to avoid hitting them.
While I'm on about Newhaven Col-
lege, how can VicRoads install a set
of traffic lights at The Gurdies for a
couple of dozen sand trucks a day,
yet won't put any at the entrance to
Newhaven College which has 200
plus vehicles over a one hour pe -
riod twice a day.
There have already been a num-
ber of accidents at this intersection.
A set of lights would also allow a
safe crossing point for the children
of Sunset Strip.
Time for some action before there
is a fatality, and not after one.
M Andreatta, San Remo.
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ deci-
sion not to move into the Cowes Cul-
tural Centre is good news. It never
did belong there, especially consum-
ing as many as rumoured 70 car
parks in the transport hub.
Maybe they can make an offer to
the cop shop? With so little crime,
only one person spent one night in
the lockup in 2017.
This was revealed during onsite
community meeting at start of con-
struction, called by our man Brian
Paynter MLA, with Shadow Minis-
ter for Police in tow. Of course, they
didn’t know this until the question
was asked of our local sergeant.
Drunks and druggies but not out-
rageous enough for arrest, few bur-
glaries, not even many car driving
Interim service during construc-
tion has been reported as just two
hours per week. Has this been a
Sure, we’d like 24-hour manning
of the police station, for instant re-
sponse, except, as with ambos, if
they’re already out dealing with an-
other case, they can’t respond in-
If the new monster police sta-
tion is permanently manned, how
few cops and what will keep them
awake? Could new cop shop really
not be adapted to suit PINP?
This is an attempt to make light of
political fumblings but now that the
shire has bought the big block di-
agonal from RSL, how about police,
ambulance and emergency services
should be accommodated in a strip
of buildings, right there on Phillip
Bernie McComb, Phillip Island.
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Law reform isn’t about who shouts loudest
POLITICIANS have singularly
proved themselves to be unable
to run even the most basic of
government programs and ser-
vices, efficiently and effective-
Such debacles as the waste of
money on the East-West Link,
which needs to be built anyway,
the national energy crisis, NBN,
defence spending... you name
About the only thing they are
capable of looking after is per-
So, what makes anyone think
they know what’s best for the
Certainly no one wants drug-
crazed maniacs assaulting am-
bulance paramedics and nurs-
es who are only trying to help
them, or police going about
their normal duties.
But mandating that high-
ly qualified and experienced
magistrates and judges must
jail anyone found guilty of as-
saulting an emergency services
worker for six months regard-
less of the circumstances is na-
ïve in the extreme.
How many people calling for
blood have ever stepped into a
court room and witnessed how
carefully magistrates and judg-
es weigh up the issues involved
before metering out penalties.
Sure, out of the thousands of
cases they deal with every day,
there are some that get off light-
ly and probably dozens that go
on to reoffend soon after walk-
ing free from court. That’s life.
You can’t be protected from
But to say you are going to jail
everyone who assaults a police
officer for six months regard-
less of their priors and the cir-
cumstances, and think you’ve
solved the problem is ridicu-
You’ve also got to question
how the law can delve back into
history and convict a priest,
now archbishop, of allegedly
concealing sexual abuse by a
If you’re going to go that way,
what about all the police offi-
cers who historically turned
a blind eye to family violence
back in the days when the ac-
cepted norm was “what goes
on behind closed doors is their
Where does that end?
Certainly, it was wrong for
the priest not to dob in his col-
league and the Catholic Church
should be made to pay compen-
sation in incidences where they
moved known pedophiles on to
And the police should not
have left battered wives to fend
for themselves but we were all
living in different times then.
More is known now about the
long-term impact of these
crimes and social standards
and personal responsibility has
been changed accordingly.
But law reform based on who
can shout the loudest is only
going to turn out one way.
THE dust from Clancys Road at Korumburra
might be giving local residents cancer.
Someone is going to be killed on Henrys
Road, Nyora, unless the key access route is up-
Fish Creek needs sewerage because grey wa-
ter is running down the road.
And the public toilets at the Koonwarra Rec-
reation Reserve are an absolute embarrass-
The South Gippsland Shire Council was left
in no doubt last Wednesday about what the lo -
cal community thinks should be in its budget.
And if the budget document was more user-
friendly, there'd be a lot more public submis-
sions than the 14 sent in to council by the clos-
ing date earlier this month and the nine groups
and individuals who exercised their right to ad-
dress council's public hearing last Wednesday.
It was enough to prove, however, that council
is not the font of all knowledge when it comes to
framing an annual budget, or longer-term coun-
cil plan, that best suits the community's needs.
And if you can better engage the general pub-
lic, a wider cross-section of the community
each year, you'll get a much better outcome all
round - a spending program that everyone can
understand and a commitment to projects and
services that the community wants - not what
the council and its administration want to see.
But even the small sample size of submis-
sions that came forward last week provided
council with plenty of food for thought
• Korumburra Roundtable reps: President
Pee-Wee Lewis and vice president Rob Cosson
spoke positively in support of council's plan to
go ahead with all of the Korumburra revitalisa-
tion projects at the same time; the railway pre-
cinct upgrade, the community hub (temporary
library in old kinder), streetscape redevelop-
ment and supermarket facilitation.
• John Kennedy, former mayor Nigel Hutchi-
son-Brooks and Peter Smith said the budget
should be rejigged to include a project that
would have "the greatest impact", the extension
of the rail trail from Leongatha to Korumburra,
and ultimately to Nyora.
• Peter Western, a former shire president,
came in pitching for $20,000 to $25,000 for a
detailed design brief for the redevelopment of
Mesley Hall into a performing arts centre for
the schools, Lyric Theatre and other groups in
• Len Buckland of the Koonwarra Recreation
Reserve Committee told council the committee
was keen to undertake an overall masterplan
for upgrading the facility but in the meantime,
the toilets, which were the only public toilets
in town, needed to be demolished and rebuilt
along the lines of toilets at Yanakie. They're im-
possible to clean, he said, and an embarrass-
ment when visiting teams, especially women's
cricket teams, used the venue.
• Four residents of Clancys Road Korum-
burra made an emotional plea about the need
to upgrade their road, just outside Korum-
burra, which is not only dangerous but also a
serious health hazard. Is it the worst road in
the shire? They think so!
• Rob Hicks and Graeme Campbell were just
as adamant that Henrys Road at Nyora is a fa-
tality waiting to happen and needs an urgent
funding allocation in the budget.
• Michael Lester of the Fish Creek Commu-
nity Development Association raised the sew-
erage issue saying that the community had
been spooked by threats of a $42,000 cost per
householder but said a campaign to reduce
costs and to explain a cost/benefit analysis
might turn opinion around.
• Council watchers Meg Knight and Ralph
Gallagher both petitioned council to produce a
budget document that was more user-friendly,
that better explained what council was doing
and the councillors appeared to be listening.
• Ms Knight was also at a loss to know what
impact huge legal costs, the loss of HACC ser-
vices, the cost of caravan park operations and
waste recycling changes will have on the budget.
But the proof will be in the pudding when
council formally reviews the budget submis-
sions this week and decides next Wednesday
whether to make any changes to the draft bud-
Traditionally councils have been reluctant to
make late changes.
What they said about the budget
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